Your Next Steps

My Duty

…Telling the Good News is my duty—something I must do. And how terrible it will be for me if I do not tell the Good News. 1 Corinthians 9:16 (NCV) Merriam-Webster dictionary defines duty as obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one’s position (as in life or in a group). As children of…

Near and Far

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) During a court trial, multiple witnesses explain their piece of the unfolding story. Bit by bit, each…

Open the Gift

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. …“Everyone who calls on…

Come and See

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of…

Extra! Extra! Hear All About it!

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 (NLT) Have you ever received good news about something and couldn’t wait to share your excitement with others?…

Beyond the Walls of the Church

…If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:8 (NLT) As the body of Christ we must work together as one to create unity, peace and health in the church. The Word of God tells us that…

True Leadership

But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Luke 22:26 (NLT) Many of us love to be leaders, the person in charge or “the boss.” We may even think being a leader means the focus is…

Made to Serve

This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians…

Gifts

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each…

We Fit Together

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT) When you think of a team you don’t just think of one individual person, you think of…

Make a Plan

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) During our life we are each blessed with a way to earn money. God placed in us skills and talents we can use to earn a living to take care of our family. Many times we don’t…

Ask for What You Want

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! John 15:7 (NLT) Don’t you love the feeling of giving the perfect gift to a person? You spend the time choosing just the right thing. You spent time getting to know…

Talking to a Friend

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11a Many times we think prayer requires special words and positioning.  Moses understood how to talk to God.  He spoke to Him like a friend.  He was able to share all his thoughts and feelings.  He could tell God…

Known by Love

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35 (NIV) Imagine yourself at a party with Jesus in attendance. Everyone is talking and having fun. Jesus is healing the sick around him. All of a sudden, the roof of the house is opened up and a gurney…

Time to Connect

Since we are all one Body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Romans 12:5b (NLT) It is so easy to try to do things on our own. We believe no one understands what we are going through. We believe we can make it on our own…

We’ve Got the Power

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT) When we are connected to Jesus, we are connected to power! The Bible tells us there is power in the name of Jesus. This power lives in us when we accept Jesus as…